Thaworn expects tough title defence

Wed 10 Sep 2014

Thaworn expects tough title defence

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Taipei, September 10: An elbow injury could derail Thaworn Wiratchant’s title defence and hopes of extending his Asian Tour winning record at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) which starts on Thursday.
The Thai star injured his right elbow in Switzerland last week but he is 80% recovered after undergoing treatment and will aim to win the US$500,000 Asian Tour event for a third time at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
Players and offcials at the YTPC Players and offcials at the YTPC
Among the players tipped to stop Thaworn to his 18th Asian Tour title include Anirban Lahiri of India, who is ranked second on the Order of Merit, Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei,  Rikard Karlberg of Sweden and Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, who have a combined total of 20 Asian Tour victories.
“I injured my right elbow in Switzerland because it was too cold. To be honest, I’m not sure if it is fully healed yet. I’ve been taking it easy on my swing and haven’t really hit any hard shots yet,” explained the 47-year-old Thaworn, who was victorious at the Queen’s Cup on home soil in June.
The two-time Asian Tour number one has enjoyed great success at the Yeangder TPC which he won in 2010 and 2013. But he admits that he was fortunate to win last year as Chan Kim of the United States surrendered his lead after making three straight bogeys from the 15th hole.
“I feel very good and confident on this golf course. It is not a long golf course so I’m very comfortable here. I was a bit lucky when I won last year. Chan Kim had a good chance but he made a few mistakes to give me an advantage,” said Thaworn.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
Indian ace Lahiri is bracing himself for a tight race to the Order of Merit crown after he relinquished his lead to David Lipsky of the United States who won the Omega European Masters, an event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, on Sunday.
“I had a good result last week,” said Lahiri, who finished tied 13th in Switzerland. “It is a good start to the second half of the year. I still have a lot of work to do if I want to challenge for the Order of Merit.
“David’s (Lipsky) win makes things interesting on the Order of Merit race. I have to pull up my socks and play my best. It will be good for me because it will motivate me to do better,” smiled the 27-year-old Indian.
Home hero Lin, who finished tied fourth at the Yeangder TPC in 2011 and 2012, will rely on a new driver to lead him to one of the most sought after titles in Chinese Taipei.
“I will be using a new driver this week. I know it is risky but I hope it will yield some good results this week. There is always some form of pressure playing in a tournament sponsored by my boss (Emmet Hsu, the Chairman of the Yeangder Group). Emmet has been very supportive to the players and we will all try our best to win the tournament to repay his kindness,” said Lin.
After missing only one cut in six Asian Tour events, Karlberg of Sweden hopes his good run of form will yield a third Asian Tour victory since his double win in India in 2010.
Rikard Kalrberg of Sweden Rikard Kalrberg of Sweden
“I hope that I will get a win soon. It has been four years since my double victories. I’m not feeling impatient because I know the win will come sooner or later. When you feel that your game is getting better, you know that the big win is around the corner,” said the 27-year-old Swede.
For more information, please call Serene Loh or Doyle De Costa at the Yeangder TPC media centre on +6012 699 1976.
About the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship
The Yeangder TPC is the brainchild of Yeangder Group Chairman Mr. Emmet Hsu. An avid golfer himself, he holds his own on the fairways as well as the boardroom. Mr. Hsu is a strong supporter for golf in Chinese Taipei and across the region. Apart from sponsoring the Yeangder TPC, Mr. Hsu also sponsors the Yeangder ADT and supports the leading Chinese Taipei players including Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin, Lin Wen-hong and Chan Shih-chang.
Inaugurated in 2010, the prize purse for the Yeangder TPC has grown from US$300,000 to US$500,000. The Yeangder TPC is a popular stop on the Asian Tour Schedule and it has welcomed many worthy champions such as Thaworn Wiratchant (2010 & 2013), Lu Wei-chih (2011) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (2012).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) till 2015.
About the Asian Tour
Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.